BRC Events

2019 Events at the Earth Guardian Pavilion, Burning Man

Thursday – August 22, 2019

10:00 AM – Noon – LNT Outreach/ Resolution Team Training –  Since 2013, Earth Guardians have been doing LNT outreach checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. We are checking for permit violations and are sharing LNT tips to resolve issues. It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love! This is our first training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

Saturday – August 24, 2019

10:00 AM – Noon – LNT Outreach/ Resolution Team Training –  Since 2013, Earth Guardians have been doing LNT outreach, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. We are both LNT advisors and ambassadors.  It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love and we’re doing it again this year!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

LNT Outreach and Compliance volutneers

LNT Outreach and Compliance volunteers

Sunday – August 25, 2019

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Hot Springs Patrol Driver Training & Coordination Meeting – Our annual Sunday get together with all of the Rangers and Earth Guardians making hot spring patrols happen!  We’ll be reviewing driver shifts, protocols and daily coordination/communications before heading out on the playa to do a test drive around this year’s route to each hot spring and set up the volunteer shelters.  Go Drivers!

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Advanced LNT Outreach/Resolution TrainingAdvanced training for volunteers taking on the Team Lead Position. We’ll review team lead responsibilities, use of the Fulcrum Iphone/Ipad app and do some field testing to practice using the application before Monday’s shift.

5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

5:00 PM– 6:30 PM – All Hands on Deck Camp Meeting All Earth Guardian campers are requested to attend this meeting to meet each other, go over the camp set up, coverage of camp shifts, and the event schedule for the week.

Monday – August 26, 2019

9:00 AM – 11:30 PM – Nature Bike Tour –  The playa seems featureless, but the lake bed is a complex environment. Facilitated by a nature therapy guide, search for clues to the shape of the constantly changing surface. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

Waiting for cookies!

Waiting for cookies!

5:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar – Come try a “Gray Water” or “Black Water” or a Fairy Shrimp Cocktail!

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Procession to the Temple – Join Earth Guardians and Aztec dancers on a procession to the temple to offer a blessing and install a memorial banner.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and meet your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring something fresh to share!

Tuesday – August 27, 2019

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM Experience Deep Time on the Playa Bike Tour – This is your opportunity to contemplate Deep Time while on the playa. Your journey will be led by geology experts Drs. Elizabeth Miller (Stanford U) and John Dilles (Oregon SU). Bike to the outer playa to contemplate the history of this place we call home, from the deep time geologic framework to the ice ages, first human inhabitants in the region, post-glacial warming and inexorable warming of the Anthropocene era. Burn baby burn! P.S. Deep Time = Geologic Time.

10:00 PM – Noon – LNT Outreach /Resolution Team Training – Since 2013, Earth Guardians have been doing LNT outreach, checking for oil drips, grey water spills, black water spills and burn barrel problems. We were are both LNT advisors and ambassadors.  It’s a great opportunity to have ‘boots on the ground’ and share LNT love and we’re doing it again this year!  This is a training for our volunteers on the team, and a meal will be provided for the training.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Champagne MOOP Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Energy Storage: The Latest Key to 100% Renewables – A brief overview of grid scale energy storage and the current hurdles faced with implementation. Talk will include overview of current technologies, regulatory hurdles, should I stay plugged into the gird or go independent, mass implementation in our short remaining time and how we get there.

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven.  An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, and an evapotron for gray water, come sample our treats!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Leading the Way Locally on Climate – Morgan Goodwin, vice mayor of Truckee, CA will speak about his efforts to make his town a leader in the global effort to combat climate change, and offer insight into how you can be more leaderful in your community.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – How Nature Heals – We’ve all heard that spending time in nature is good for us, but do we know why? Forest therapy guide Hana Lee Goldin explains the science behind how nature facilitates health and wellness, and will teach us how to practice forest bathing to reap all its potent benefits (forest not required).

Awesome Volunteers!

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – The Black Rock Desert: Our Inspiring Home! – Come learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions!

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – The Future of Mobility on and off the Playa – Biking, micro mobility and sharing economy: What can cities learn from burning man (and vice versa) to make future mobility more liveable and sustainable? Join Kajetan Berning in this discussion.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Ice and Earth’s Climate over Thousands of Years – Eleanor Middlemas, University of Colorado Boulder, will put our current climate into historical context, i.e., a time when much of North America was under a mile-thick ice sheet. How much ice melt is caused by humans, and what will an ice-free Arctic & Antarctic mean for our planet?

5:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Wednesday – August 28, 2019

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Experience Deep Time on the Playa Bike Tour – This is your opportunity to contemplate Deep Time while on the playa. Your journey will be led by geology experts Drs. Elizabeth Miller (Stanford U) and John Dilles(Oregon SU). Bike to the outer playa to contemplate the history of this place we call home, from the deep time geologic framework to the ice ages, first human inhabitants in the region, post-glacial warming and inexorable warming of the Anthropocene era. Burn baby burn! P.S. Deep Time = Geologic Time.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Applying Behavioral Economics to eat Less Meat – Even if you are not ready to go vegan. Not only are you what you eat, but the planet is what we eat. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the livestock sector is “one of the most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. Leading behavioral scientist, Kelly Peters,  talks about the shift to plant-based diets using tactics drawn from the field of behavioral science.

11:00 – 11:30 PM – The Lorax- a performance piece – An impassioned recital of Dr. Seuss’ best title, for small and big Burners great pleasure. To gain inspiration for our planet’s salvation come through and partake of this treasure.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from Cathy Busby, our expert geologist from U.C. Davis.

Geology talk

Geology talk

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Sustainability! Is it Enough? – The problem is here but is our approach correct? Are we handling the issues using the human element and culture ethos? Has sustainability reached its saturation or tipping point? Do not expect a presentation but rather an engaging conversation. A discussion on regeneration and systems thinking approach by Haris Moraitis, an Australian Project Manager/Sustainability Expert, whose innovative and change-driven disruptive thinking strategies create positive environmental and social change in the built environment.

Noon – 3:00 PM Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, a commercial solar oven, rocket stoves, and an evapotron for gray water, come sample our treats.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM –  Native Voices Speak For the Planet – Join the Aztec Burners on The Red Road exploring ancient knowledge applied to contemporary living to be in harmony with Mother Earth. Topics include how Burning Man informs the Indigenous approach to planetary solutions to our environmental crisis and also to ceremony.

3:00 – 4:00 PM Speaking Truth to Plastic, One Sip at a Time – Plastic pollution is a global crisis in our soil, water and air. Plastic pollution affects the health of our planet, animals and ourselves, but solutions abound. Join Jackie Nuñez the founder of The Last Plastic Straw and Program Manager for Plastic Pollution Coalition, learn how to reduce your plastic footprint and become part of the solution to plastic pollution.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Imagining the Future of Burning Man – Futurists Annette Gardner and Eric Barela will engage participants in envisioning alternative futures for Burning Man 2050. Will an unlimited number of Burner avatars frolic on a 24/7 virtual playa?  Will all camps–small and large–be required to use only solar energy?  Come and co-create your preferred future of Burning Man.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Fighting Plastic Waste in Morocco and Africa –  Break Free From Plastic – Mamoun Ghallab, has lived a zero waste life-style for 6 years and is a Moroccan activist fighting plastic pollution. He will share the story of how environmental NGOs are acting to reduce plastic waste in countries where there is no separate waste collection and recycling. In Africa, fighting plastic pollution is about proving that other production and consumption models are necessary and possible. That’s how we can #BreakFreeFromPlastic !

Laura having fun on the bar

4:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Earth Party – Greening the Burn / Leave No Trace Cocktails – We are legal!  Help Earth Guardians celebrate 21 years on the playa this year. We will celebrate all of you Green, Eco and LNT superheros with earthy libations from the EG bar and some Earth-produced nosh to celebrate the high valued LNT /green burners! All LNT/Green camps invited!.  Without you, Black Rock City would not be sustainable!

8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Embracing Darkness: How changing our relationship with light can impact the trajectory of climate change – Want to know the impact making light has had on the planet? How our superstitious fear of the dark has wreaked havoc on the environment in ways we never see yet it is as plain as the light bulb in front of your face. We all love LED’s on the Playa and even though there have been great advances in the software that programs them, what advances have been made on the LED itself? Here is the opportunity to see the world’s first 2200K, 1900K and 1700K LEDs that are helping preserve the Dark Skies the world over. They are a game changer in the realm of municipal street lighting specifically addressing  the 2016 AMA public statement of the harm to human health being caused by lights that are 3000K and higher.

 

Thursday – August 29, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – The Black Rock Desert: Our Inspiring Home! – Come learn about the vast Black Rock Desert and what makes it come alive. Dave Cooper, local and former manager of the Black Rock NCA will talk about playa dust, wilderness areas, historic emigrant trails, wildlife, wild horses, & more. Come with questions! 

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Playing With Worms: DIY worm farm – Worms are the perfect pets and a great, odorless way to reduce your organic waste at home, no matter if you live on a 900 square meter property in Wyoming or a 1-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. During the workshop, learn how to build your own worm farm (you can make it as big or as small as you want), where to get your worms from and how to ensure the little critters will have a comfortable life at your place.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM How to Stay Green, Clean, and Beautiful, Even on the Playa – Zero waste and plastic-free is possible at BRC. Come learn a few tricks and tips for Playa and off-Playa life from dozens of burns, ancient recipes, and new ideas from around the world. Learn how to make your own wipes, how to protect your hair during the event (+ the one ingredient shampoo to clean and nourish your hair), try the one cup of water “shower” for instant refreshment and leave with the recipe of the magical cream to moisturize, remove your make-up, help you against the cold if temperatures drop at night. You’re welcome to interact and share your own magic too.

12:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, commercial solar ovens, rocket stove, and evapotron for gray water.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Permaculture for Any Space – Come learn about vertical, urban/small space farming, what to grow and how. Tips for maximizing your space to grow healthy food in your very own Zen food forest.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Composting at BRC – Food waste can be 40% of your total waste at BRC. We explore techniques suitable for the Playa and the need to Leave No Trace, so that food does not become a stinking heavy mess. When food scraps are dealt with properly, there are not smells or flies and it’s easy to pack out to a proper compost.

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

Dave Cooper telling us about the Black Rock Desert

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Bokashi Composting – Bokashi is a technique developed by Japanese scientists to make it easy for city dwellers to deal with their food waste. Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process that relies on inoculated bran to ferment kitchen waste, including meat and dairy, into a safe soil builder and nutrient-rich tea for your plants.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – DIY Wick Gardening Demo – Grow veggies in a small area all year round using less water with wick gardening. Build it once with recycled materials and use it for years. Also, plans for composting in a container that gives you compost tea. Your plants will love you!

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Here Comes the Sun – Get an overview of options for solar cooking: which models can be bought and some that can be made. Pros and cons. At least 5 models of solar cookers/ovens available to see.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Leave Big Pharma in the Dust – Alex Howe, aka Bush Ninja, has studied traditional herbalism in South Africa for the last 5 years and will help you with the BM principles of decommodification and self-reliance in meeting medicinal needs. He’ll demonstrate how to make a natural healing balm for the skin and lips and give other practical herbalism tips.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Happy Hour with Friends of the Black Rock Desert.

Chico leads us in a dance.

Chico leads us in a dance.

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Playa Sunset Bike Tour – Join desert experts on a 5 mile journey exploring the subtle geomorphic wonders that form Black Rock City’s backdrop. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

5:00 PM – 1:00 AM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Aztec Dance to Honor Mother Earth and the Four Directions –Aztec dancers with rare, traditional instrument accompanists will renew our connection to earth, wind, fire and water. Dances will be explained while connecting us to nature; we will end with a friendship community dance circle which all are encouraged to join.

9:00 PM – 1:00 AM – Earth Guardians Live Salsa Party – Salsa music party hosted by the Aztec Burners.

Friday – August 30, 2019

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

Andy getting ready to take out another bike tour!

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Playa Nature Bike Tour – The playa seems featureless, but the lake bed is a complex environment. Facilitated by a nature therapy guide, search for clues to the shape of the constantly changing surface. See how our city and art affects the environment, and how Burning Man strives to Leave No Trace.

10:30 AM  – 11:30 AM  – Mapping the World for Food and Water Security in the 21st Century – Is there enough fresh water for food?  Danny Foley (USGS) discusses how to use water more efficiently for agriculture.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM -TORQuE PARK DUCKs – Or Science 101 – Chris Maloy uses this mnemonic to teach the basics on how to evaluate scientific information that comes your way. He’ll also go over 5 numbers that are constants that can not be violated. Learn how to evaluate scientific claims so you can be a better citizen on the planet.

12:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, commercial solar ovens, a rocket stove, and an evapotron for gray water; come sample our treats!

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Earthquake in Super Slo-Mo  –  It’s the biggest revolution in Earth Science since plate tectonics was figured out in the 60’s. Mel Zhang, University of Colorado Boulder, will talk about the “slow earthquakes” known as slow slip events (SSEs): what they are and why they are important.

Plastic Free Camping - EG Green Tour

Participants listening to Beth Terry explain her plastic free camp at Earth Guardians

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Bitcoin as an Economic Battery: How Cryptocurrency Mining Can Fund and Revolutionize Renewable Energy Build-out  – Despite massive government subsidies and a push towards renewable energy sources, every day, billions of watts of existing renewable energy are wasted across the United States and the globe by curtailment from the electric grid. This is due to the variable nature of wind and solar compared to high density “on demand” power sources from fossil fuels. Come learn how energy demanding crypto mining actually presents a unique and robust economic solution for wasted, curtailed and stranded renewables, allowing providers such as wind and solar farms to make money and fund additional build-out by purchasing the previously wasted energy. Presented by Jesse Phillips.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – More Than Just One Word on Plastics – Plastics: we love them and hate them. Rebecca Braslau, organic chemistry professor at UC Santa Cruz, will discuss the history of plastics, what they are made of, health, environmental and societal issues, and exciting developments in emerging biosustainable and biodegradable plastics.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Space Debris: Pollution in the Final Frontier – Since 1958, western civilization’s rapid economic and military evolution has grown the population of stable Earth-orbiting objects from one – the Moon – to tens of thousands. The vast majority of these objects fall around Earth like forgotten cannonballs from an ancient war, ready to strike an unlucky passerby days, months, years, decades, or centuries after being launched. In this talk, Alan Smith, who works in space traffic management, will trace through the history of humanity’s use of space, from Sputnik, to weather satellites, to geosynchronous communications satellites, to the Global Positioning System, and the mega-constellations currently being fabricated. With each object moving in different directions at speeds many times faster than an assault rifle bullet, we’ll also explore what can be done to address this seemingly-intractable problem.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour: An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more, Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Finding Optimism in a Burning World – Kerry Nickols, professor of marine biology at California State University Northridge, will discuss climate change and its impacts on the oceans and share how an all-women expedition to Antarctica pulled her out of climate despair.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM – The Kraken is Real: A Mission to Find and Protect the Largest Squid on Earth – Hear Matthew Mulrennan, a marine scientist and ocean conservation technologist from Venice, CA describe innovations to explore and protect the ocean, including diving into an audacious expedition to find and film the colossal squid, the largest invertebrate on Earth, in the deep-sea near Antarctica.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Sustainable Energy : A Family Discussion – Past Present Future. – Concentrating on solar solutions and the state of energy storage.  A discussion with Tom Taska.

5:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and share some food with your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Earth Guardians Live Music Showcase – hosted by Nathyn Knott and friends featuring conscious music, poetry and dance inspired by our connection to the earth and nature.

Saturday- August 31, 2019

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Behind the Green Curtain Bike Tour – An interpretive bike tour of some of Black Rock City’s Green camps featuring solar installations, grey water set ups, recycling efforts, plastic-free living, solar cookers and much more. Come see what innovators are doing to make Black Rock City more environmentally friendly.

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Ecozoic Café: Earth Metamorphosis –  Ecozoic is the geologic era that Earth is entering – when humans live in a mutually enhancing relationship with Earth and all community of life. We invite you to experience yourself within the journey of the universe. Through empowering the self and others, humankind will apply positive solutions to the difficulties of these times and emerge creative skills to find ways to survive as well as nurture sustainable harmonious relationships with the Earth community .

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – MOOP Champagne Train – Hitch a ride in style to the outer limits of BRC on the Earth Guardian Champagne MOOP Train. See what treasures you may find to put in your free hand made MOOP bag.

/Users/Tony/Desktop/Moop Train/moop train.dwg11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Geology of the Black Rock Desert – Ever wondered about those amazing land forms around Black Rock City? Come and learn how they were formed and what they’re about. Come and learn about the rocks from Cathy Busby, our expert geologist from U.C. Davis.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Alternative Energy Demo Garden – Food served baked in a solar oven. An assortment of alternative energy devices will be on display including DIY solar ovens, commercial solar ovens, a rocket stove, and an evapotron for gray water.

12:30 PM –  7:30 PM – Earth Guardians Open Bar –  Come try a “LNTini”,  “Playarita” or “Fairy Shrimp” cocktail!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM –  Getting Deep Into Hot Water – Hot springs ARE living systems.  Come hear geologist Glenn Melosh explain how they form, where they occur, and how the earth expresses itself with hot water.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  – Why Electric Cars Really Make a Climate Difference – Modern electric cars have only been with us for 10 years, but the data is in, and it’s indisputable. For personal transportation, there’s no better way to reduce your personal carbon footprint if you have to drive than to plug a car into the electric grid. John Voelcker will run through how, why, and what you can do to lower your own carbon footprint in vehicles larger than bicycles.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  – World’s Largest Fire Blanket – Senior Earth Guardian and Leave No Trace Master Educator Mike Bilbo will discuss the history of burn scars on the playa, Leave No Trace solutions, and Burning Man’s stewardship through large scale solutions known as burn platforms. Learn also what is the latest protocol for building a fire when camping in back country areas. Then off we go via bike tour to see the world’s largest fire blanket. How big is it, what is it made of? We will investigate.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Juice Lab & Snow Cone Saloon – Join Jai and Zobek for a kid-sponsored bar serving brightly colored juice in various states of matter (liquid and frozen!). Come and share your LNT knowledge and tips for a sweet treat.

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

Ann helping folks make Tshirt bags

Sunday – September 01, 2019

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Earth Guardian Pot Luck – Campers, come and share some food with your fellow campers at the Earth Guardian village.  Bring what ever you have left to share!

 

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